The concept of studying abroad is to take your domestic education to an international level; to learn and to contribute to the educational process in a foreign setting. This becomes difficult when culturally different groups shy away from the challenge for a variety of reasons. In the perspective of an African American, the major obstacle that keeps us from studying abroad are financial, but there are also factors such as psychological roadblocks that are subconsciously created through environmental influence. If these barriers were overcome, many more African Americans…

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Can you believe it? You completed every grueling assignment, late night cramming session, and early morning exam. You’ve hung up your gown to get rid of the creases and decorated your cap to stand out in the crowd. You’re excited and nervous to embark on the next chapter of your life. Whether that is grad school, jobs, internships, or traveling… We want to say congratulations! All those years of hard work finally paid off, and now it’s your moment to polish those “adulting” skills you’ve been practicing and shine like…

You know what would be fun? Meeting up and hanging out with other CEA alumni from your school–so let’s make it happen! Join CEA team members and fellow CEA alumni and share all of your “when I studied abroad…” stories (and network!) with people who get it.  Or, if you’re still in the study abroad planning stages, stop by to connect with other people who have been through the same thing (yup, lots of tips for you from their experiences!). Mark your calendars and click the links for:…

Sometimes when students think about a study abroad city, they get the “go big or go home” mind-set. The larger and more popular a city is, the better, right? Well, not always. Smaller cities have quite a few benefits that students tend to overlook. I studied abroad in Galway, Ireland. After a few trips to the much larger city of Dublin, I started to see Galway as a little gem with more perks than I thought it had. You’d be surprised at just how much potential and benefits…

The average student is at a rather complicated age while in college. You are independent, have plenty of responsibilities, and are considered an adult. On the other hand, you were just in high school, you’re still figuring out this “grown up” thing, and you probably still live at home or in a dorm. So when it comes to studying abroad, parents might have the initial reaction my mother did: hesitation stemmed from fear. I know you probably don’t want to hear this, but you’re their baby. The thought…

It’s amazing just how fast another country can become home, how quickly the everyday aspects of another culture become normal. By the end of my four month stay in Galway, Ireland, I was accustomed to the constant rain, enjoyed walking everywhere, started using the slang terms, had favorite pubs, tea shops, and restaurants, and was attached to my new friends. I had adopted the way of life in Ireland and I was comfortable with it. However, not once did I think that returning home would be a challenge….

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The memories, the food, the friends, the local currency still falling out when you go to pay for things. Even though your time abroad is finished, now you get to reconnect with family, friends, your favorite local taco restaurant, and your home campus. Exciting, right? Well…what if you have the back-home-blues?   The important thing to remember is that whether you studied abroad in Paris, Buenos Aires or Shanghai, what you’re feeling is completely normal! Now that you’ve gone outside your comfort zone and had this amazing experience,…

You aren’t abroad—yet. What can you do while you wait? Or, you’ve returned from your amazing time abroad—but your friends and family have heard “When I studied abroad…” one too many times. Whether you’re excited for your study abroad departure, or you’re missing the awesome memories you made, join CEA this Fall for mixers at Indiana University, Penn State, and University of Arizona. You’ll have a chance to prepare to go abroad, mingle with each other and recap the amazing time you had. 4 Reasons You’ll Want to…

Tarek’s journey to studying abroad began in high school. As we continue our male CEA Alumni Ambassadors in Study Abroad blog series, Tarek, a student at the University of Massachusetts, shares more about how he chose to study abroad in Barcelona and how his experience has impacted his life. Tarek Dahdul CEA Barcelona Fall ’13 Alum & Current Alumni Ambassador CEA: Why did you choose to study abroad? Tarek: I have traveled all my life but for only weeks at a time. My sister studied abroad my junior…

Should I study abroad? Will studying abroad impact my graduation date? What will it be like living in another country? Choosing to study abroad is a big decision – and lots of questions can come up during that process. Whether you’re making the decision to study abroad in Spring 2015, or you’re just waiting for your plane to take off, here are a few common study abroad myths, courtesy of Josh, Patrick, and Shane. What do these guys know? All three pulled from their own study abroad experience…